"Somersaults for Charity: Bruce's 68th Birthday Challenge!"

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This year, Bruce is gearing up for an exhilarating challenge in celebration of his 68th birthday. He will be attempting 68 somersaults from a platform on the awe-inspiring tower built in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour at Wynyard Quarter, specially constructed for the 2023 Red Bull World Cliff Diving World Series grand season finale. It’s worth noting that while Bruce takes on his daring feat from a 6m platform there will be 24 competing athletes from around the world diving from up to 27m at speeds of 85km/ph as they compete for global victory on Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28, 2024.

On his 67th birthday last year, Bruce Hopkins back flipped 67 times into the ocean, raising over $2,500 for GRG. Now, at 68, he's aiming for 68 somersaults, continuing his fundraising for GRG.

Your support enables GRG to offer vital services: Community Outreach Advocacy, SALT Trauma-Informed Care Workshops, Information Resources, and Help & Referrals via the FREE 0800 GRANDS helpline. With a rising demand for assistance, your contribution makes a meaningful impact on families across New Zealand. Join us in supporting this important cause!

In the past year, we aided over 6,400 full-time member families, caring for over 16,000 vulnerable children, offering vital support to reduce stress and enhance stability in their lives through our services. Your contribution helps us make a real difference in these families' lives. Thank you for your support!

Wynyard Quarter from 3:30pm Tuesday, 23 January 2024.

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Our mission is to provide specialised services and programmes that empower and strengthen grandparent and whānau care families so they can raise resilient and healthy tamariki and rangatahi.

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The funds support vital resources for vulnerable children under Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) care, including outreach, workshops, resources, helpline, and referrals, aligning with our commitment to empower full-time caregivers nationwide.

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We dove into somersault excitement along with you and Bruce, as the journey of a 68 year old doing 68 somersaults for a flipping good cause began!  2 February 2024

Embark on the wild ride of 68 somersaults off the specially crafted Red Bull Cliff Diving platform for the grand finale of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Auckland, NZ! 🚀 Bruce Hopkins aced it with style, conquering the challenge in a jaw-dropping 2.5 hours on Tuesday 23rd January 2024—the event of 2024 that had us all on the edge of our seats!

Our Givealittle page is skyrocketing with an incredible amount. Keep those donations flowing to transform Bruce's fundraising into a real splash! Let's witness Bruce doubling his efforts, making waves of impact through your generosity!

Back in 2018, Bruce raised over $30,000 walking the length of Aotearoa, Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail. Now, let's band together, reach for the stars and help Bruce soar past $5,000 for the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand. The excitement is building—don't miss the chance to be part of this exhilarating journey!

It's work mentioning, Bruce didn't just make a splash in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour; he created waves that catapulted him into media stardom! Check out these links to the outlets that cheered him on and boosted him into the heavens:

TVNZ Breakfast: https://www.1news.co.nz/2024/01/22/lord-of-the-rings-actor-bruce-hopkins-somersaulting-for-charity/

Mai FM: https://omny.fm/shows/mai-home-run-catchup-podcast-mai-fm/bruce-hopkins-epic-dive-68-summersaults-for-charit

NZME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67CM1ZTipXw

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Mike on 14 Feb 2024
$2 for each flip you madman from M&M and Ya Ya!!
Brad on 30 Jan 2024
Love your work Bruce and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust!
Ben on 30 Jan 2024
Well done Bruce. Good bit of promo on 7 Sharp!
Caroline on 30 Jan 2024
Wendy on 29 Jan 2024
Fantastic job Bruce.

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This campaign started on 3 Nov 2023 and ended on 29 Mar 2024.